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Confluence:
“An Act or Process of Merging”

Joyous, daring and thought-provoking musical experiences within a warm atmosphere of intimacy and discovery.

Confluence – “an act or process of merging” – is a company of diverse creative artists dedicated to intimate, thought-provoking, and moving presentations.

Our concerts include:

  • Cabarets curated by a wide cross-section of Toronto’s leading musicians

  • A focus on the work of Indigenous artists and artists of colour

  • Anniversary programs celebrating important figures in music

  • Salons and lectures on a wide variety of musical topics

  • Commissions of new works by Canadian creative artists

  • Special programs of rarely-performed sacred and spiritual music

In addition, Confluence is a platform for young artists, students and pre-professionals, to interact with seasoned pros.

Artistic Producer Larry Beckwith has been ably assisted in planning this new mandate by a whole host of outstanding and diverse figures from Toronto’s amazing music scene.

Confluence has grown out of Beckwith’s work with Toronto Masque Theatre from 2003–2018. TMT was an interdisciplinary performing arts company that presented over 65 critically-acclaimed programs of music theatre, commissioned nine premieres from leading Canadian creative artists and was known far and wide for its innovative programming.

 

Artistic producer

Larry Beckwith has been a creative and varied contributor to Toronto’s musical life as a conductor, violinist, singer, writer, educator and programmer for over 30 years. He studied violin and musicology at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Toronto and has since performed and worked with most of this city's leading musical organizations.

In 2003, Mr. Beckwith founded Toronto Masque Theatre, which — under his tireless and imaginative artistic leadership from 2003 to 2018 — presented over 75 innovative programs of interdisciplinary performing art, including a cycle of the five major music theatre works by Henry Purcell and stage works by Moliere, Stravinsky, John Blow, John Beckwith, Monteverdi, Handel, Charpentier and others. Through TMT, Mr. Beckwith commissioned and premiered new works by Canadian composers Abigail Richardson, James Rolfe, Omar Daniel, Juliet Palmer, Dean Burry and Alice Ho with texts/libretti by James Reaney, André Alexis, Steven Heighton, Pablo Neruda, Anna Chatterton and Marjorie Chan. Ho's The Lesson of Da Ji won the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Opera and was released in November, 2015 on the Canadian Music Centre's Centrediscs label, conducted by Mr. Beckwith.

In September of 2018, Mr. Beckwith's eclectic new company Confluence Concerts had its first event and has since been going from strength to strength. Since 2012’s Toronto Operetta Theatre production of Taptoo!, Mr. Beckwith has conducted many productions for TOT and Opera in Concert, including Los Gavilanes, Ernest, the Importance of Being, La Vie Parisienne, Rodelinda and Salieri’s Falstaff. In the summer of 2018, he conducted the successful Festival of the Sound world premiere and subsequent Ontario tour of SOUNDING THUNDER: THE SONG OF FRANCIS PEGAHMAGABOW by Timothy Corlis and Armand Garnet Ruffo. In 2019, in collaboration with director Isaiah Bell, he conducted Handel’s Acis and Galatea at the University of Victoria and the University of Toronto. Mr. Beckwith is a committed educator and runs the celebrated voice and strings program at the arts-intensive Unionville High School, as well as conducting the Mooredale Senior Youth Orchestra.

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Larry Beckwith

artistic associates

 
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Andrew Downing is a Toronto based double bass player, cellist, composer and educator born in London, Ontario in 1973. He plays primarily in the creative jazz scene in Canada, but also performs classical chamber music, improvised music, folk and roots music, and world music. Andrew currently teaches double bass, composition and improvisation at the University of Toronto and has taught at Wilfred Laurier University, the Banff Centre’s Jazz Workshop and the Creative Music Workshop in Halifax.

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Marion Newman, Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations, English, Irish and Scottish mezzo-soprano, is firmly established as one of Canada’s most accomplished singers. Noted for her “sumptuous mezzo tone and impressive vocal agility,” on the concert stage, Marion has performed with the best ensembles, symphonies and choirs across Canada. Recent appearances include world premieres of several works, operas and concerts that speak to Marion’s First Nations identity. Recent highlights for Marion included the role of Dr. Wilson in the premiere of Missing with City Opera Vancouver/Pacific Opera Victoria, I Call Myself Princess by Jani Lauzon and the title role in Shawnadithit for Tapestry Opera.

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Patricia O’Callaghan’s career has taken her across genres and continents. As a speaker of French, Spanish and German, her concert and operatic repertoire is diverse. She has sung with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Don Byron Quartet, and has performed in venues ranging from London’s Royal Opera House to New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. Patricia also writes songs and has had the honour of premiering many new compositions from both the classical and pop worlds. She has worked with R. Murray Schafer, Dennis Lee, Christos Hatzis, Steve Reich, David Braid and Steven Page. She has five solo CDs and has collaborated on many others. Her newest albums are Deepest December, Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen and the recently JUNO nominated Corona Divinae Misericordiae by David Braid.

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Suba Sankaran is a DORA award-winning, JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist who effortlessly combines musical worlds, performing across North America, Europe, the UK, Asia, Australia and Africa with Autorickshaw, master drummer Trichy Sankaran, FreePlay and Retrocity. Highlights include performing for Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and performing with Jane Siberry, Lorraine Segato, Bobby McFerrin and the Swingles. Recently, Suba made her acting debut at Stratford Festival, where she has served for two seasons as vocal coach/arranger and sound designer. Suba is in demand as a private teacher, educator, choral director, arranger, adjudicator and composer, and has given numerous workshops to choirs around the world.